1996 remake of Boston’s “Smokin” feat. late drummer Sib Hashian and guitarist Alex Grossi

1996 remake of Boston’s “Smokin” feat. late drummer Sib Hashian and guitarist Alex Grossi

Late Boston drummer Sib Hashian‘s 1996 remake of the Boston classic “Smokin”, which includes Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi at the age of 18, has been posted online.

“Smokin ’96” features Boston drummer Sib Hashian on drums and lead vocals, Donnie Vito on bass, Jim Collins on vocals, and Alex Grossi (Quiet Riot) on guitar. 

The press release states in part (with slight edits):

Grossi states: “Sibby was the real deal in every sense of the word. Writing and recording with him, Donnie and Jim was an amazing opportunity at age 18. I know many people will miss his smile, sense of humor and amazing drumming. He was a class act all around, which is VERY rare in this business”

Boston drummer John Thomas “Sib” Hashian died at the age of 67. His son, Adam, told TMZ that Sib collapsed onstage while performing on the Legends Of Rock cruise. A witness says CPR was performed and a defibrillator was used but to no avail.

Hashian performed on Boston‘s self-titled debut album, released in 1976, and on the band’s sophomore release, “Don’t Look Back“, issued in 1978. Due to pressure from the Epic Records label, Boston leader Tom Scholz chose Hashian to replace original drummer Jim Masdea prior to the recordings of the debut album. Sib left Boston during the recordings of their 1986 album, “Third Stage“, marking the return of Masdea.”

1996 remake of Boston‘s “Smokin” song feat. late Boston drummer Sib Hashian and Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi:

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Boston playing “Smokin” live at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA on June 17, 1979:

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